Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How to Make Graphics that Get You Shared on Facebook

How to Make Graphics with PicMonkey
An image is worth a thousand words.
You've probably heard that a thousand times
and it's sweet...
but the truth of the matter is
you want your image to
grab people by the eyeballs
and keep them focused on what you're saying. 

So everything needs an image. Everything.

That's why facebook posts with images get shared and blogs with great images get pinned.
Try to make every post have a graphic. If you don't have one, create one with PicMonkey.com.  It's quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

First I'll show you how to create a 400x400 blank for quotes if you don't have an image.

How to Make Graphics with PicMonkey

Go to PicMonkey.com and choose Create a Collage

How to Make Graphics with PicMonkey

On the left side, click to choose a collage layout.


How to Make Graphics with PicMonkey
Choose a two cell layout from the Ducks in a Row tab.

How to Make Graphics with PicMonkey

Delete one of the cells.

How to Make Graphics with PicMonkey

Unlock the proportions and set the size to 400x400

How to Make Graphics with PicMonkey

On the left side, click the painters palette icon to edit the background color.




Choose a color or enter a HEX# to match your branding

How to Make Graphics with PicMonkey

Click Save

How to Make Graphics with PicMonkey

Name your file and choose either JPG or PNG. Then choose the quality of the image. I chose the highest quality. Hit Save when you're done!


Now you have a background to create images with. The 400x400 size is nice for blog posts and will fit on your facebook page without being cut off. Let's add some text!

 Again, go to the PicMonkey.com homepage

Make Graphics that Get Shared on Facebook

Choose to edit a photo

Make Graphics that Get Shared on Facebook


Choose the P icon on the left to add text to your graphic. You can change the color, font, and size. Add a second area of text if you want to add in a different font or different sized text. Make sure you add your url to the very bottom so people will know where the image came from. For mine, I made the color a bit transparent so it blended with the background a bit.

Make Graphics that Get Shared on Facebook

You can also add texture to your background. Have fun playing with the settings and be creative. You can make so many different styles of graphics by changing things up.

Make Graphics that Get Shared on Facebook

You can also add shapes to your image and make it any size. Add borders or add an image before you add your text and then add your text on top of it.

Make Graphics that Get Shared on Facebook

Add a drop shadow like in the image I created above, or colored borders, photo corners, film edging or even make your image into a circle. Have fun playing with these!


Make Graphics that Get Shared on Facebook

When you are done editing, hit the save button in the bottom left corner


Make Graphics that Get Shared on Facebook

Save the image to your computer. Choose a different name for it so you will be able to use your background over and over again. You can save the image as either a JPG or PNG file. If you choose JPG, choose the quality and then hit save!

 Now you're ready to upload your image in your blog, facebook or google+.

 Let me know if you have ANY questions! Now go play with PicMonkey!

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16 comments:

  1. AWESOME! Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great post - I just discovered the collages function on PicMonkey the other day and love it. They include a template for FB cover images, too! It makes it a bit easier to create something that looks more expensive than free ;-). I hadn't thought about using it how you describe, and now I can't wait to try it out. Thanks!! ~Beth

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  3. With the collage option, you can really make any size graphic you want by adjusting the size. I think this is awesome for businesses just starting out and on a tight budget. I'll be doing more PicMonkey tutorials in the future with some design pointers.

    I'm glad you ladies liked the post :)Don't forget to let me know if you make a graphic so I can share it!

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    1. Kelly, here's my first one (of many, I'm sure ;-) ):http://pinterest.com/pin/90846117453885661/
      Thanks again!

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  4. Kelly , I can't figure out how to control the size of my text box. It is putting it into a very thin , verrryy wide box that goes outside the image. Aspect ratio is set and I can't resize it to what I want. help and thanks :)

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    1. Beverly, in the text box where you typed your text, you have to hit enter when you want a break in your text. If that isn't working, and I had someone else mention that it wasn't working for them, then you might have to create a separate text box for each line of text that you want.

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    2. tks, I'll give it a try this weekend :)

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